Today is November 15, meaning that we are half way through November, and not yet to Thanksgiving. Also meaning that Christmas is not yet here. It’s NOT.
I’ve been telling myself this since I found Christmas candy at the grocery store in September. SEPTEMBER. That’s not right. I think it may have been left over from last Christmas, but still, September?
In September it was just plain crazy, and easy to dismiss as a fluke. Then October rolled around, and we had Halloween, so signs of Christmas got a little lost behind the orange and black, but once November began it was full-on Christmas all over the stores.
At least the radio stations hadn’t started yet. They would wait with the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, right? Wrong. I heard it yesterday on not one, but two radio stations. UGH. Too soon!
And tv? Yes, they’re on board with this early Christmas nonsense too. Not only are there ads, but certain stations are actually starting to play holiday movies too. C’mon people, it’s just not time yet!
But then today my son and I took our dog to our community’s annual “Woofstock” festival. It’s a doggy celebration with tons of booths, demos, dog agility, vendors, entertainment, and, of course, Santa Claus. We’ve gone each year, and each year we get her photo with Santa.
Maybe it’s time to accept it. Maybe Christmas is coming whether I’m ready or not. But just in case you weren’t sure, I’m not ready. I want to enjoy the autumn. I want to eat turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy. I want to ease into the whole holiday season. I don’t think I’m going to get the chance, though. I think it’s here.
November 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Costco had Christmas decorations out in July and it made me want to boycott them 😦 Ridiculous!!! Is it too much to ask that big corporations just leave us alone in peace and let us give a little Thanksgiving first before trying to suck us into the commercialized madness of christmas????? Seriously! Clearly I do not have any strong emotions or opinions on this subject at all 😉
November 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm
You know, I think I saw something Christmassy back in July too, but the trauma was blocked out of my mind until you mentioned it. Pretty soon it will be a year round thing, like strawberries. And, like strawberries, it will no longer be as special or as sweet.
November 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm
My daughter and I are totally enjoying the autumn together, but the tree is already up. We shopped for decorations, my son in law bought some wood for a fire, and suddenly the tree was up. I’m in getting into Thanksgiving mode – looking forward to having a real cookfest with all the family favorites. I do know what you mean by the store though, One year I was at Pier One, and the same shelf had pumpkin, turkey, and Santa figurines!
November 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm
My poor little brain can’t handle that kind of confusion.
November 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm